Wearing uniforms has been a method of the Scouting movement from the beginning. Decades of experience show uniforming to have these benefits:
- Equality. The uniform represents a democratic ideal of equality. Cub Scouts from various cultures and different economic levels wear the same uniform and cooperate as equals.
- Identification. The uniform identifies a youth as a member of the Cub Scouts. Badges on the uniform tell other members that they belong to their den, pack, and council. The uniform itself identifies a good citizen to the entire community.
- Achievement. The uniform displays badges and other awards so the accomplishments of each Cub Scout can be immediately recognized.
- Commitment. Wearing a uniform is a constant reminder to each Cub Scout of their commitment to the ideals and purposes of Cub Scouting: duty to God, loyalty to country, and helpfulness to others.
For these reasons all parents should emphasize to their Scouts the importance of wearing the correct and complete uniform. The uniform is a key method to getting the full benefits of the program.
The Lion Scout uniform consists of the following parts:
- Shirt—The official Lion t-shirt.
- Cap—Official navy-blue cap with Lion emblem
- Neckerchief— The Lion neckerchief is an optional item based on the Lion den’s preference.
- Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle is optional if the Lion den uses adventure loops as instant recognition.
- Pants or shorts or skort—Lions may wear official blue pants, shorts, or skorts but this is optional and based on the den’s preference.
Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Scouts
The Cub Scout uniform consists of the following parts:
- Shirt—The official uniform shirt is available with long or short sleeves and has button-flap pockets and “Boy Scouts of America” lettered in gold above the right pocket.
- Pants or shorts or skort—Official blue.
- Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle and Tiger or Cub Scout emblem.
- Socks—Official socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee. Tiger Scout socks are navy blue with orange tops; Cub Scout socks are navy blue with gold (yellow) tops.
- Cap—Official navy-blue cap with orange front panel and tiger emblem for Tiger Scouts, yellow or red panel and wolf emblem for Wolf Scouts (based on availability), blue panel and bear emblem for Bear Scouts. Webelos Scouts wear an olive cap with a plaid panel bearing the Webelos logo. For 2018-19 program year Wolf Scouts may wear either yellow or red caps based on availability as long as the den is wearing the same color.
- Neckerchief—Triangular neckerchief is orange with navy-blue trim for Tiger Scouts, yellow or red (based on availability) with navy-blue trim for Wolf Scouts, light blue with navy-blue trim for Bear Scouts, and plaid for Webelos Scouts. Official BSA neckerchiefs are the only neckerchiefs Cub Scouts wear. For 2018-19 program year Wolf Scouts may wear either yellow or red neckerchief based on availability as long as the den is wearing the same color and the color matches the cap.
- Neckerchief slide—Official gold-tone metal slide with each rank’s logo. Cub Scouts may wear handmade neckerchief slides.
Webelos Scouts wear the tan/olive uniform similar to the one Boy Scouts wear.
Webelos Scouts wear the official BSA olive trousers or shorts and official BSA tan long- or short-sleeved shirt with blue shoulder loops. Official olive socks are worn with the tan/olive uniform.
Webelos Scouts wear the Webelos neckerchief (plaid with the Webelos emblem), Webelos neckerchief slide (handmade slides are also acceptable), Webelos cap, and Webelos belt buckle.
Note that the Webelos belt buckle will fit either the blue or the olive belt, but the adventure loop recognitions fit only on the blue web belt.
Badges and Insignia
When a child first joins Cub Scouting, their uniform will display only those badges that identify their status: the World Crest, which shows they are a member of the worldwide Scouting movement; the national flag; council strip; pack number; and den number. As a Cub Scout progresses, they will earn badges, pins, medals, and other insignia that tell of their accomplishments in Scouting. These items should be added to the uniform only after they have been earned.
For guidance on the proper placement of all badges and insignia, see the BSA’s Uniform and Insignia Guide (No. 33066, available at your local council service center) or download the uniform inspection sheet for Cub Scouts (Tiger, Wolf, and Bear) and Webelos . There is not an inspection sheet for Lions.
Wearing the Uniform
In general, every Cub Scout should wear his uniform to all Cub Scouting activities, including den and pack meetings, unit outings, and any activities done with members of the den or pack. When playing sports, going to camp, or participating in other physical activities, a pack may opt to have the Cub Scouts wear an alternate uniform, such as an activity shirt. Pack leaders should provide advance notice of any occasion when the boys should wear anything other than the complete uniform.
Here are some tips for wearing the uniform:
- DO keep the uniform clean and in good repair. The official uniform is a sturdy, machine-washable garment that will last for years with proper care.
- DO be sure to wear the complete uniform. A Cub Scout wearing a uniform with parts missing is not in uniform.
- DO NOT wear non-BSA badges, awards, or insignia on the Cub Scout uniform or make any alterations to the uniform or insignia.
- DO NOT mix uniform parts with non-uniform clothing, such as wearing a uniform cap with other clothing or wearing the uniform shirt with blue jeans. The uniform should be treated as a unit—worn in its entirety, or not at all.
Any time you are uncertain about uniform regulations, ask the den leader for guidance.
Obtaining a Uniform
The official Cub Scout uniform is available at hundreds of locations across the nation – including your local council: Lake Erie Council Address: 2241 Woodland Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115, nationally-operated Scout Shops, and other licensed retailers – or can be ordered directly from the national Supply Division. Visit www.scoutstuff.org for a list of distributors in your area.
Before buying a new uniform, be sure to check with the pack leaders about other options. Some packs have money-earning projects to raise funds to uniform their Cub Scouts, or to provide common emblems such as pack and den numerals. Others may have uniform exchange programs for boys to obtain “experienced” uniforms.